Dentons’ UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) region has launched a new ‘Future of Work’ strategy that will optimise the employee and client experience in a post-pandemic hybrid working environment.
‘Dentons Home’ recognises that our homes have become our office for the past 18 months and now people want their offices to feel a bit more like home. As well as how the firm’s offices look and feel for those who use them, ‘Dentons Home’ conceptualises how it will feel working for Dentons. The firm will enable people to get the most out of their careers, while providing care and support for their wellbeing.
Dentons Home will work in tandem with ‘Dentons Club‘. This recognises that everyone – the firm’s people and its clients, want to feel part of something, and ‘Dentons Club’ will provide that sense of belonging. Having strong connections and relationships make up a huge part of what we value about work, whether at home or in the office. The ‘Dentons Club’ approach will enable partners and employees to focus on spending as much time on building and sustaining those relationships as they do on the delivery of excellent client service and technical legal advice. On a physical level ‘The Hub’ lounge area in the firm’s London office will provide a space where colleagues and clients will be able to spend time together in a more relaxed environment.
The third strand of the strategy is the creation of ‘Dentons Academy’, taking the firm’s award-winning learning and development programmes into a hybrid future. Dentons Academy will take a holistic view of career and life-long learning, providing a mix of virtual and physical learning and development, with programmes offered to clients as well as staff.
UKIME Managing Director Lisa Sewell says: ‘The world of work has changed and we need to change with it. After 18 months of fully remote working, our people have told us that they now want something different. The office has merged with home and they want more of the home back in the office. This is a different type of workplace experience, providing the best environment for people to learn in and progress their careers. There is also a very strong desire, both from our clients and people, to meet more regularly and interact in a more human way, so we want to respond to this by encouraging a more relaxed, humanised, and responsive client and colleague experience.’
‘It’s especially important that when adapting to these changes our people and our clients – no matter where they are located – feel like they belong, which is about creating a strong common purpose and shared values.’
Listen to Lisa’s Future of Work podcast here.
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